Most people only think of taking safety precautions when their HVAC system isn’t running correctly. However, taking HVAC safety precautions should always be a priority, even when the system is operating properly. Here are some critical HVAC safety tips to help you avoid injury.
Turn off the air conditioner.
Doing basic AC maintenance incorrectly can cause accidental injury. To prevent injury when doing basic maintenance tasks like dusting off the system’s evaporator coils or clearing debris away from the outside unit, be sure to turn off the power to the system.
Have a professional repair your system.
One of the best safety precautions to take is to have a professional repair your HVAC system when it has a problem, instead of attempting to make repairs on your own. DIY repair is dangerous and can cause extensive damage to your system.
Regularly schedule professional maintenance.
Professional maintenance is crucial to preventing HVAC safety issues. Have an HVAC professional maintain your system annually. During your annual maintenance visit, the technician will inspect your system for any problems and ensure it runs safely.
It’s equally important to have a professional inspect your HVAC system before switching the power on after a natural disaster. Hurricanes, floods, and other disasters can lead to unsafe HVAC operation.
Install and maintain smoke and CO detectors.
You’ll rely on your heating system to tackle the occasional cold spells in Yuma. If the system malfunctions, it could lead to carbon monoxide (CO) leaks. CO gas is colorless, odorless, and can cause brain damage and death after prolonged exposure. Install smoke and CO detectors throughout your house. Check their batteries every month and ensure you replace them every year.
The HVAC safety tips above will protect you and your family — as well as your HVAC system. If you need professional repair or maintenance of your heating or cooling system in the Yuma area, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.